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Picking a Fight

Frank L. Holt

in Alexander the Great and the Mystery of the Elephant Medallions

Published by University of California Press

Published in print November 2003 | ISBN: 9780520238817
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520938786 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520238817.003.0003
Picking a Fight

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Percy Gardner struggled mightily against a compelling connection between numismatics and history. When he associated the elephant battle on the Franks medallion with an invasion of nomads during the reign of Eucratides or his son, this line of argument required the total rejection of a more obvious historical attribution. The fighting became desperate and at times undisciplined due to the mud, rampaging elephants, and crowded lines of opposing infantry. Porus turned his elephant and attacked Taxiles. The existing accounts of Porus' surrender are quite at odds given the overall state of the sources. A personal duel between Alexander and Porus is described. Numismatists have learned to trace the size and sequence of a mintage based upon die linkage.

Keywords: Percy Gardner; Franks medallion; Alexander; Porus; numismatists; Eucratides; Taxiles

Chapter.  7271 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Greek and Roman Archaeology

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